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Trump faces accusers: What to watch during his big speech

By LAURIE KELLMAN | February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's clapping now?On the brink of his Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing “relentless optimism” during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive...

EU rejects Trump Mideast plan amid annexation concerns

By LORNE COOK | February 4, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal for securing peace in the Middle East and expressed concern about Israel’s plans to annex more Palestinian land.Trump's plan, which was unveiled last week,...

In blessing annexation, Trump erodes an international norm

By TAMER FAKAHANY | February 4, 2020

Annexation, at its heart, is a byproduct of conflict. Almost never is it an act of peace, though it has been cast that way at times throughout human history.Certainly not under international law, which describes it as the forcible acquisition of territory...

Muslim nations reject Trump’s Mideast plan in Saudi meeting

By AYA BATRAWY | February 3, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days after Gulf Arab states expressed their support for President Donald Trump's efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, representatives from these same countries and other Muslim nations gathered in...

Palestinians protest Trump plan, Gaza militants fire rockets

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | January 31, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians held demonstrations across the region Friday to protest President Donald Trump's Middle East initiative, while militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar rounds at Israel, drawing retaliatory strikes.The Palestinians...

Gulf Arabs back Trump’s Mideast efforts, but not peace plan

By AYA BATRAWY | January 30, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A tectonic shift in relations quietly underway for years now was on full display as representatives of Gulf Arab states attended President Donald Trump's unveiling this week of an Israeli-Palestinian plan that heavily...

Israel postpones move to annex large parts of West Bank

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | January 29, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has postponed a move to annex large parts of the West Bank, a government minister said Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to quickly act on the Trump administration's Mideast plan despite fierce Palestinian...

Israel could clash with international court on settlements

By JOSEF FEDERMAN | January 29, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank.With the prosecutor of the International Criminal...

Trump peace plan delights Israelis, enrages Palestinians

By ARON HELLER and MATTHEW LEE | January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Mideast peace plan Tuesday alongside a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu, presenting a vision that matched the Israeli leader’s hard-line, nationalist views while falling far short of Palestinian...

Key points in Trump’s Mideast peace plan

By JOSEPH KRAUSS | January 28, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Mideast peace plan announced by President Donald Trump on Tuesday supports the Israeli position on nearly all of the most contentious issues in the decades-old conflict.Where previous presidents tried to cajole Israel and the Palestinians...

West Bank settlements report rapid growth in 2019

By JOSEF FEDERMAN | January 28, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank surged by more than 3% in 2019, well above the growth rate of Israel’s overall population, a settler group said Tuesday. It predicted even higher growth this year thanks to a nascent...

Trump hosts Israeli leaders who call his peace plan historic

By ARON HELLER | January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hosted Israel’s prime minister and his chief rival Monday at the White House on the eve of unveiling a long-awaited Mideast peace plan, expressing confidence that despite adamant Palestinian rejection they...